FESTIVAL 2019

DATES

May 31 through June 9, 2019

VENUES

Wythe Hotel – Williamsburg
Windmill Studios – Greenpoint
Syndicated – Bushwick
Made in NY Media Center by IFP – Dumbo
UnionDocs – Williamsburg
Kickstarter – Greenpoint
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Downtown Brooklyn

FILM LINEUP

The festival presented in competition 133 films
2019 FILM LINEUP 

FILM SCHEDULE

Friday May 31
Wythe Hotel Cinema & Wythe Hotel Main Hall: 7:00

Saturday June 1
Windmill Studios: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Wythe Hotel: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00

Sunday June 2
Windmill Studios: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Wythe Hotel: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00

Monday June 3
Wythe Hotel: 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Windmill Studios: 6:30, 8:30, 10:30
Alamo Drafthouse: 7:00

Tuesday June 4
Wythe Hotel: 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Windmill Studios: 6:30, 8:30, 10:30
Syndicated Cinema: 6:30, 9:15

Wednesday June 5
Windmill Studios: 6:30, 8:30, 10:30
Wythe Hotel: 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Made in NY Media Center by IFP: 6:00, 8:00

Thursday June 6
Windmill Studios: 6:00, 8:00
Wythe Hotel: 6:00, 8:00, 10:00

Friday June 7
Windmill Studios: 4:30, 6:30, 8:30, 10:30
Wythe Hotel: 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
UnionDocs: 7:00, 9:15

Saturday June 8
Windmill Studios: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Wythe Hotel: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00
Made in NY Media Center by IFP: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00

Sunday June 9
Wythe Hotel: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00
Windmill Studios: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00. Award Ceremony at 8:00


SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Saturday June 1
Made in NY Media Center by IFP: 1:00pm to 3:00pm | KidsFilmFest

Thursday June 6
Windmill Studios: 8:00pm to 10:00pm | Florida State University Showcase

Saturday June 8
Kickstarter: 11am – 5pm | BFF Exchange


TICKETS & PASSES

Single program tickets were $15 for the general public
Discounted single program tickets for students and senior citizens were $12 (only available at the venues)
Full Festival Passes $200
4 Pack Passes $45.
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KIDS FILM FESTIVAL

Saturday, June 1st from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Made in NY Media Center by IFP, BFF presented the 14th annual kidsfilmfest. KFF aims to discover, expose, and promote the youngest generation of filmmakers. The film program is tailored for children of all ages (films are rated “G”), and consists of numerous animated shorts, documentaries, and live-action films. A Q&A with the filmmakers and a filmmaker’s workshop follows the program.
kidsfilmfest


BFF EXCHANGE

For the 8th consecutive year, on June 8 from 11am-5pm at Kickstarter, the festival presented its BFF Exchange, which ultimately aims at connecting filmmakers with film distributors. BFF Exchange featured a pitch session, a few panels, and a happy hour. Various topics were explored by a truly distinguished group of panelists.
BFF Exchange


AWARDS

BFF awarded the winners with prizes totaling about $50,000 in film services, products, and cash.


THEME: THE GATHERING

Our 2019 theme-statement was essentially our call to all those people who are searching for clarity and intelligent exchanges. The idea behind this year’s theme was to create a collective experience very similar to a movement. On the programming side, more than ever before, BFF wanted to empower all those filmmakers who are thinking and working in critical systems, outside of the box, and against all odds. Inspired by the acceleration of the women’s movements, in 2019 BFF featured the largest presence of female directors within a single festival edition up to date.


LATIN AMERICAN FILM OUTREACH

Proimagenes Colombia
ChileDocs
IMCINE (Mexico)
Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Festival Internacional del Cine Buenos Aires (FIDBA)
Cinema Tropical, New York
Proyector Film Series, New York


BROOKLYN COLLABORATORS

Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective
Brooklyn Documentary Club
Film Shop
The Video Consortium
UnionDocs


NETWORKING & SPECIAL EVENTS

Several networking events took place at various hot spots in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Bushwick, and Downtown Brooklyn

Saturday June 1 – Party hosted by Filmshop from 10pm-1am at Etiquette (53 Broadway in Williamsburg). RSVP only. Cash Bar. 

Sunday June 2 – Brooklyn Doc Club Meetup at Windmill Studios at 1pm preceding the 2pm screening [300 Kingsland Ave in Greenpoint]

Thursday June 6 – Florida State University Post Screening Reception at Windmill Studios at 10pm – Complimentary Heineken [300 Kingsland Ave in Greenpoint]

Thursday June 6 – Filmmaker Reception at G-Star from 6-9pm – Complimentary Heineken, Wine, and Appetizers. RSVP only [118 N. 4 Street in Williamsburg]

Thursday June 6 – Filmmaker after-party with Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective from 10pm-1am at Loosie Rouge. Drink specials [91 S.6 Street in Williamsburg]

Friday June 7 – Reception at UnionDocs from 6:00-7:00 – Complimentary Heineken. Limited space available [322 Union Ave in Williamsburg]

Saturday June 8 – The Gathering Party at Brooklyn Bazaar. Brooklyn Film Society, Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, Brooklyn Documentary Club, Film Shop, The Video Consortium, and UnionDocs got together for an evening of Networking Brooklyn style. No charge at the door and DJs sets from 10pm-1am. Cash Bar [150 Greenpoint Ave in Greenpoint].

Sunday June 9 – Closing Night Party at Windmill Studios from 8-midnight – Free of charge. Complimentary Heineken [300 Kingsland Ave in Greenpoint]


FESTIVAL BACKGROUND

Organized by the same people who brought to you the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival and the Brooklyn International Film Festival, the 501(c)(3) Brooklyn Film Festival is an organization developed from 22 years of experience. Re branded in 2010, BFF is now driven by an enriched mission.

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FILM SUBMISSIONS

BFF accepts paperless entries via FilmFreeway.com from July 1 through March 10 of the following year. For DEADLINES, FAQ, rules, and to submit visit: + SUBMIT A FILM


MISSION

To provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films.
To draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema.
To encourage the rights of all Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking, and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure.

To promote, foster, stimulate, increase, and advance Brooklyn’s public interest in film through the following means:

  • – To organize, sponsor, and present forums, lectures, and discussions related to the creation of independent films.
  • – To conduct classes and workshops for the development of new filmmakers and the public exhibition of new and existing works.
  • – To partner with like-minded organizations to exhibit new and existing works.

To support arts organizations with similar missions.
To hold an annual competitive film festival in Brooklyn.
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